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Start your survival kit with the Ten Essentials

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You don’t have any wilderness experience, but you want some. So what do you take along to make sure you get back? Where in that urban wilderness maze of outdoor stores, catalogs, websites and eBay will you find the gear you need? Start your survival kit with the Ten Essentials

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How to choose the best tarp for survival shelters

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Tarps can be really valuable survival tools. But what if your budget is limited and you needs several that will do the job? Here are some tarp materials that have worked for me.

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Best stockman pattern pocket knife? We review the Tidiout Calf Roper

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Classic knife patterns are called that because they work so well. This Stockman pattern Tidout Calf Roper pocket knife from Great Eastern Cutlery recreates an old standard design with modern materials.

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Gear Review: How good is the SurvivalHax™ sleeping pad?

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A good camping sleeping pad is critical to survival camping, car camping, summer or winter camping. What are some of the characteristics of a good sleeping pad?

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How to pack an earthquake/disaster kit for college students

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What does a college student need for an earthquake/disaster preparedness emergency backpack? Here’s what I packed for my daughter.

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How to cope with the precipitation: Ten tips for comfortable camping in the rain

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There is nothing like rain to make you appreciate sunshine! After decades of backpacking and scouting, I have learned some ways to cope with rainy weather while camping.

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Know which fabrics make the best winter survival clothing

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Different fabrics have radically different properties. Choosing the wrong type, or mixing clothing of different materials, can be disastrous!

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Video: What you need to make a Dutch oven survival kit

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Beginners frequently ask for a list of tools to get started in Dutch oven cooking. So, here’s a basic, bare-bones list.

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These ten old tech gadgets will be handy when the electricity goes out

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Here are some old tech items that could be really valuable when the power grid goes down.

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Pipe tomahawk provides touchstone with past

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One reader wrote, “Loved the story about the flintlock rifle. When are you going to tell us about that pipe tomahawk that goes with it?” So, here it is, folks – a good tale about a man who loved to make well crafted tools and weapons, and gracious enough to give it away.

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